Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson will arrive in India on April 21, his office confirmed on Sunday (April 17, 2022).
Boris will begin his maiden visit to India as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from Ahmedabad on April 21, where he is scheduled to meet leading businesses and discuss the UK and India’s thriving commercial, trade and people links.
This will be the first time a British PM will visit Gujarat, the ancestral home of around half of the British-Indian population in the UK.
In New Delhi, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 22 for bilateral talks “in the face of global economic challenges and threats from autocratic states”, a British High Commission statement said.
The High Commission said that Johnson will visit India this week to “deepen our long-term partnership for peace and prosperity with a fellow leading democracy, in the face of global economic challenges and threats from autocratic states”.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ visited India earlier this month. The Foreign Secretary was in India as part of a “wider diplomatic push” amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While Indian external affairs minister S. Jaishankar claimed that there was a ‘campaign’ to target India over buying Russian oil, Truss pointed out that while Europe may be purchasing this oil now, countries have expressed serious intent to bring down their dependence on Russia.
(With inputs from agencies)